Opportunities

These are STEM or Space related opportunities that are currently available to residents of Colorado. Please see linked web pages for additional information. Not everyone will qualify for these opportunities. We are not affiliated with any of the organizations offering these opportunities and inclusion here is not an endorsement of any company or organization.


2017


Opportunity: The Science Ambassador Scholarship
Deadline: December 11, 2017

Description: A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math. Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Film a three–minute video of yourself explaining a topic in STEM you are passionate about. You must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student to apply. An advisory board of sixty women who hold higher degrees and work in STEM will review the applications and select the finalists. The finalists will be notified in early 2018 and will move onto the next round to submit additional materials.


Opportunity: Earth and Space Air Prize
Deadline: December 13, 2017

Description: Breathable air is necessary to sustain humans both on Earth as well as in space. Tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, can contribute to a variety of health problems, such as asthma and respiratory tract irritation. To ensure the health of humans living on Earth as well as those traveling in spacecraft to explore the solar system, aerosol sensors are needed to monitor air quality and alert engineers when action is necessary. NASA is working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to sponsor the Earth and Space Air Prize competition for a solution that could improve air quality and health in space and on Earth. This project is a technology innovation challenge to promote development of robust, durable, inexpensive, efficient, lightweight, and easy-to-use aerosol sensors for space and Earth environments. The competition asks teams or individuals to design and develop specialized sensor technology that has the potential to be useful in spaceflight as well as on Earth anywhere outdoors in a community where people may be exposed to airborne particles. The Earth and Space Air Prize is a two-phased competition. Registration for Phase 1 is open until December 13, 2017, and requires submission of a sensor design by January 31, 2018. The competition will name three finalists by the end of March 2018, and each will be awarded $50,000 to build a prototype. Finalists will deliver prototypes to the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, by September 30, 2018 for testing and final evaluation. The competition will announce the $100,000 grand prize winner in mid-October of 2018.


Opportunity: Two For The Crew Challenge
Deadline: December 19, 2017

Description: This fall, NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation are challenging students to use their ingenuity to create a helpful tool that combines the functions of two objects being used by crew aboard the International Space Station. The national Future Engineers Two for the Crew Challenge provides an exciting opportunity for K-12 students to develop an innovative model intended to be 3-D printed by astronauts on the orbiting laboratory. Students will invent multi-use tools and customized equipment that can help astronauts with maintenance, medical, trash management, and the challenge of securing and storing items in microgravity. Participants will explore concepts like mass and volume, while learning engineering and 3-D design skills. Submissions from K-12 students in the United States will be accepted online. The Two for the Crew Challenge is free for student participation. The challenge website provides educational information about space station crew tools and brainstorming resources that help students get started with creating their designs. The site also provides links to free 3-D design software.


Opportunity: NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships
Deadline: December 31, 2017

Description: NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement. NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.


Opportunity: National Student Art Contest 2018
Deadline: December 31, 2017

Description: NASA’s Langley Research Center is inviting children grades K-12 attending public, private, parochial and homeschools in the U.S. to use their talents, imagination, and knowledge of NASA to create original artwork for the 2018 art contest. The contest is intended to illustrate how NASA research and innovation is propelling science forward to help build a better world of new opportunities and technologies. This year, Langley is celebrating 100 years of contributions in aeronautics, space exploration, and climate study. The center is asking students to illustrate their interpretation of NASA Langley with the theme “The Next 100 Years.” Art can be created via drawing, painting, mixed media or digital creation mediums.


2018


Opportunity: Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
Deadline: January 19, 2018

Description: The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special summer intern program to involve students in activities that support missions to the Moon that utilize the Orion crew vehicle, the Deep Space Gateway, and robotic assets on the lunar surface. It is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments of landing sites and traverse plans for multiple destinations that are responsive to NASA objectives. The LPI invites applications from graduate students in geology, planetary science, and related programs. The 10-week program runs from May 29, 2018, through August 3, 2018. Selected interns will receive a $5,883 stipend, and up to a $1,000 travel expense reimbursement for U.S. citizens, or $1,500 for foreign nationals.


Opportunity: NASA Earth & Space Air Prize
Deadline: January 31, 2018

Description: NASA is launching the Earth and Space Air Prize with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to develop innovative technology that can help improve air quality and health in space and on Earth. Airborne particulate matter in aerosols can contribute to a variety of human health problems such as asthma and respiratory tract irritation. NASA needs small, easy-to-maintain, inexpensive aerosol sensors for missions aboard the International Space Station and future deep space exploration. There is a similar need in Earth communities for robust, versatile, easily installed, efficient and affordable air quality sensors. Multiple miniaturized gas sensors are currently available; however, instruments that measure particulate matter with appropriate accuracy for these applications still require some research and development. The aim for this challenge is to advance the development of aerosol sensor technologies useful in both human space flight as well as on Earth, and for NASA to develop a sensor that can be flown in a future flight experiment. Prize winners up to $100,000.


Opportunity: LGS Innovations STEM Scholarship Program
Deadline: February 15, 2018

Description: LGS Innovations has established a scholarship program to assist full-time undergraduate (junior or Senior level) or graduate level students who are enrolled in an ABET-accredited STEM program and seeking a degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Physics. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to six (6) awards will be granted, three of which will be awarded to children or grandchildren of LGS Innovations full-time employees.


Opportunity: Project Mars International Art And Film Contest
Deadline: August 31, 2018

Description: Early career professionals and college students are invited to submit a poster or short film to the Project Mars International Art and Film Contest. Entries should creatively envision what astronauts may experience when traveling to Mars. A sustainable crew presence in deep space will require the best of NASA, our international partners and the private sector. Therefore, the agency is studying its deep space gateway concept with U.S. industry and space station partners for potential future collaborations. Entrants should imagine this journey as part of their film or poster submissions. The winning short film will be selected by a team of film industry judges including Gareth Edwards, director of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” The winning poster will be chosen by a graphic design team of judges including Joshua Grossberg, creative director of the McCann New York advertising agency.